Beat The Summer Rush: 5 Best Places To Visit In The Spring
With the approach of spring and warmer temperatures, we’re starting to think about our next getaway--the season is all about growth and new experiences! Although summer is a popular time to travel, flights are cheaper in the spring and the most busy destinations are less crowded. And of course, there’s always beautiful spring foliage- everything is in bloom! Ready to plan your trip? Read on for five cities to visit this spring and beat the summer rush.
By Stephanie Mace
Amsterdam is an enchanting city to visit during the spring. Walk through the Bloemenmarkt, which features 15 florists and garden shops and is known as the world’s only floating flower market. Grab lunch at one of the cafes in Vondelpark, the largest city park in Amsterdam. Hop on a canal tour (which are packed in the summer) and check out the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum for modern art. The Anne Frank House is also a major destination, but we recommend booking tickets online, as the wait is long even during the off months.
Although the summer is a popular time to go hiking in Cinque Terre, the trails are less crowded and the temperatures are cooler in the spring. Stay in Riomaggiore for the most frugal hostels or Monterosso for a more resort-like experience. The trail by the water winds between the five villages of Cinque Terre for about 15 miles. You’ll be climbing stairs for much of the journey - so prepare for a glute workout! Trains and buses also shuttle travelers between the villages so you can easily explore without trekking all day. Be sure to try the wine and pesto in Cinque Terre- both are harvested in the region!
Looking to stay in the United States for a springtime escape? Head to Nantucket, located just off the coast of Massachusetts. While the island is packed with vacationers during the summer (especially during the 4th of July) the spring is much more quiet. Rent bikes and explore the island’s countless bike paths. Nantucket is also known for its amazing beaches -- take a surf lesson at Cisco Beach or chill out at Madaket and have lunch at Millie’s. Head into town at night for a delicious dinner at the trendy Cru amd live music at The Chicken Box. For dessert, try Juice Crafters, the island’s most popular handmade ice cream spot. Other highlights include the Brant Point Lighthouse, The Nantucket Whaling Museum amd Cisco Brewers.
Spring in London feels like a celebration of the end of freezing rain and 3:30pm sunsets. On weekends, the parks are filled with locals sipping wine, having lunch and relaxing in the sun. We recommend visiting Hyde Park where you can rent paddle boats, lounge in comfy chairs, or just take a long walk. The park is also home to the Kensington Palace and the Serpentine Gallery, which shows modern and contemporary art. Other great London spring spots include the colorful Neal’s Yard, Exmouth Market and Portobello Market in Notting Hill. Check out Foxxtales’ guide to London to learn more about the city.
Every Angeleno knows the struggle of visiting Malibu in the summertime. Parking is pricey and the PCH is always jammed--go in the spring to avoid the crowds and traffic. Stay at the adorable Surfrider Hotel, located just across from the Malibu Pier, or the design-savvy Native Hotel, which is just around the corner from Zuma. While Malibu offers countless beaches, El Matador is our favorite. The beach is known for steep cliffs and amazing vistas from the parking lot. After a day of lounging, get moving and see the sunset along one of Malibu’s many hiking trails. Try Mishe Mawke to Sandstone Peak for sweeping ocean views, or check out the Solstice Canyon for waterfalls and historic stone buildings. Grab dinner at the scenic Malibu Farm, as the menu offers something for carnivores and vegans alike!